Dr. Howard Goodkin appointed Chair at University of Virginia & AMA Prior Authorization and Utilization Management Reform Principles

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From the President of the AUPN

Dr. Howard P Goodkin recently took over as chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Virginia (UVA) for a 2 -year period, which began on January 1, 2017, while Dr. Karen C. Johnston is on sabbatical. 

Dr. Goodkin is the Shure Professor of Pediatric Neurology and has been a faculty member at the University of Virginia since 2002.  He also currently serves as Director of the Pediatric Neurology division and Director of the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program.Prior to his medical training, Dr. Goodkin received his MSE in Bioengineering at the University of

Pennsylvania, and he received his MD/PhD in Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Dr. Goodkin completed his Pediatric Neurology residency at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  He went on to complete fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy in Boston before joining the faculty at UVA.  Dr. Goodkin also served as Vice Chair for Research until this transition took place.  Dr. Goodkin is a decorated educator, researcher, and clinician and he has worked closely with Dr. Johnston over the past 15 years.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Goodkin.

AMA Prior Authorization and Utilization Management Reform Principles

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently issued a press release about the Prior Authorization and Utilization Management Reform Principles. The principles were created by a 17-member coalition of state medical associations, national medical specialty societies, national provider associations, and patient organizations that have been actively engaged on prior authorization issues. The principles will form the foundation of a multi-pronged advocacy campaign with health plans, benefit managers, accreditation organizations, and other health care stakeholders to reduce the administrative burdens and barriers to timely patient care associated with prior authorization and other utilization management programs.

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the Federation, the AMA will be creating a list of supporting organizations to be posted with the principles on the AMA website. If your organization would like to be listed as a supporter of the principles as written, please contact Heather McComas ( ).

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Karen C. Johnston, MD, MSc
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